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Eagle Genomics Selected to Provide Tech Support for Commercial Ensembl Users


This week, Eagle Genomics said that it will partner with the European Bioinformatics Institute and the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute to provide technical support for commercial developers and users of the Ensembl platform "who will benefit from an increased range and quality of support options."

The company said that both EBI and the Sanger Institute, who jointly run the database, have agreed to give Eagle access to the "know-how" of Ensembl project members with the goal of providing "commercial-grade support" in areas like user training and the development of plug-ins and modifications.

Paul Flicek, who leads the Ensembl project team at EBI, said the collaboration "extends the reach of Ensembl to those users that require service-level agreements, while benefiting the project through the integration of new features into our open-source platform.”

Under the terms of the agreement, the "collaboration does not provide any privileged access to the content of the Ensembl database … Eagle Genomics retains exactly the same access rights as any other user," the company said.

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